Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. It aims to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.

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Hear from Joanne about the impact of having her children removed from her care, and how Pause has supported her.

Pause eyes expansion thanks to new National Lottery funding

Pause is to receive over £1.5 million of National Lottery funding over three years, allowing it to expand its service further.

Pause has grown from a single pilot programme in 2013 to 17 Practices in operation across England by the end of this year. The Practices work with women to overcome the problems of their past, building self-confidence and resilience and giving them the skills to meet the challenges of the future. In part, the Big Lottery Fund grant will allow the charity to expand beyond the English border to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Pause Lunch and Learn

Pause is hosting a series of Lunch and Learn events to enable interested parties to learn more about Pause and how it works. more

Pause in the Guardian

“Breaking a destructive cycle through intensive support”. more

Pause in the News

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Chloe was removed from her mother’s care around the age of 5 due to neglect and her mother’s substance misuse. She spent a brief period in care and was then placed with her father and paternal grandparents.  Both grandparents and her father died within 4 years of each other. When Chloe was aged 10 she went to live with her paternal great grandmother. Chloe started a relationship with the father of her children when she was around 15 and first became pregnant at 16. Read More

Becky’s childhood was very difficult, with intergenerational dynamics of poor mental health and drug use, stemming from her own mother’s difficult and neglected childhood. As a child, Becky witnessed domestic violence and alcohol addiction within her family and was sexually abused at 8 years of age.  Becky first smoked cannabis at age 9 and tried heroin aged 14. Inevitably, her secondary school education was disrupted due to her challenging behaviour. Read More